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Maharashtra: BJP's Yashwant Sinha detained by police over farmer protests

Maharashtra: BJP's Yashwant Sinha detained by police over farmer protests Maharashtra: BJP's Yashwant Sinha detained by police over farmer protests
Melinda Barton | 05 December, 2017, 18:16

"There was a long discussion, the district collector talked with us but we did not receive a satisfactory answer".

The 80 year old BJP leader, who is the member of party's Margdarshak Mandal, along with hundreds of farmers are now camping at the police headquarters ground.

Sinha, whose son Jayant Sinha is a minister in Narendra Modi's government, has criticised the Prime Narendra and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley for their economic policies, which he says, has incited a slowdown that will not go away before the next general elections in 2019. The police had detained Sinha and around 250 farmers. This was after the local police arrested him in Maharashtra's Akola Monday evening. The farmers from Vidarbha who were demanded compensation for the loss of their crops due to pests.

"I feel the attitude of the administration and the government towards farmers woes isn't serious".

Sinha - who has often taken a contrarian view within the party, most recently criticising the implementation of GST by the BJP Government at the Centre - said he did not wish to turn his protest into "party politics". "We wont be responsible for what happens", the veteran leader said.

The former union minister said, "My protest is not political".

"Except for the last one (related to MSP), which is a call to be taken by the Central government, we have accepted all six demands and have requested the protesters led by Sinha to call off their stir", Pandey said.

According to Nana Patole, the agitating leader tried to contact Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and apprise him about the demands of farmers.

Speaking to reporters, Sinha said he would stay put even if police allowed him to leave.

Sinha, meanwhile, has vowed to continue his protest against the Maharashtra government's apathy towards cotton and soybean farmers in the state's Vidharbha region.

Addressing farmers at "Kapus Soyabean Dhan Parishad" organised by Shetkari Jagar Manch here on Sunday, Sinha had accused the BJP of reneging on promises made to farmers.

Referring to the farmers' plight, Sinha said, "Before coming to power, the BJP had promised to give 50 per cent over and above the minimum support price (MSP). On gaining power, the party forgot its promise", Mr Sinha said.

"Just as Indian soldiers carried out surgical strikes across the border, farmers will also carry out a surgical strike against the government to get justice", Sinha had said.